Apr 122014

A while back I asked blog readers to consider making a donation to a fund to help with medical expenses for my author friend Brandon Hale. Many of you stepped up to the plate, and we raised over $8,300 of our $10,000 goal.

Now I’m back again, but instead of money, I’m asking for your prayers. Brandon, the author of the excellent Day Soldiers series, is one of the nicest and most talented people you will ever meet, and an all around good guy. Last night I learned that he has taken a turn for the worse and has sepsis and been placed on a ventilator. Things are looking pretty grim right now, but you have a lot of people pulling for you, Brandon, so keep fighting. You can beat this!

Yesterday we went back into Show Low and our friend Sharon Manor took Miss Terry to visit a friend of hers whose mom was really into the fiber arts before she passed away a few years ago. Sharon said she had a bunch of leftover yarn that she wanted to get rid of and suggested Terry might be interested.

As it turns out, a “bunch of leftover yarn” was the understatement of the year; maybe even the decade. The mom had owned a couple of fiber craft stores, and Terry said she had a shipping cargo container full of top quality yarn, such as Brown Sheep Company, Cascade Yarns, and Nature Spun. Wools, Angoras, Merinos, and all kinds of fiber blends. And that was just what Terry could see, it was stacked up so high there was a lot she couldn’t even reach! The prices were below bargain basement and she came back with 50 skeins, enough to make a full custom cover for our 40 foot motorhome, and still have enough left over to make a couple more! Only a lack of storage space and money kept her from buying even more.

Yarn 2

Sharon made us a delicious chicken and dumpling dinner and we had a nice visit, with lots of talking and laughter. Eventually we headed home in time to have some time with our granddaughters before bedtime. A great way to end a great day.

There’s still time to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook version of Birdsongs by my friend Jason Deas. It’s the first book in Jason’s excellent Benny James mystery series, a fast-paced tale centered on former FBI agent Benny James, who hoped to retire to a slower paced lifestyle on a houseboat but finds himself drawn into a murder investigation. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are automatically deleted. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Birdsongsaudio copy

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  2 Responses to “Keep Fighting, Brandon!”

  1. So sorry to hear about your friend taking a bad turn, prayers for him and his family.

  2. I do believe Miss Terry could indeed make a covering for the RV.

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